Although the people in your life may tell you that "it's the thought that counts" when it comes to gifting, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Let's face it, after the last few years we've all had, a unique and thoughtful gift is much deserved.
Personalized and customizable gifts might not always be the easiest kinds of gifts to track down, so we did a deep dive to find some of the sweetest gifts for every kind of person in your life.
Even better? Amy Goodman stopped by TODAY to share some of her recommended personalized gifts to stash under the tree this holiday season. You'll find options for the foodie and entertainer in your life, monogrammable pieces they can wear, along with other sentimental items they'll cherish for a lifetime. You might even want to make one of these for yourself, too.
Whether you're shopping for a friend or a close family member, these customizable gifts won't disappoint.
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If you’re looking for a way to express your love that’s outside of the box, consider this custom note candle. The candle itself is vegan and all-natural, but the sentiment is all in the card. Leave a short poem, an admiring declaration or any sweet notes for your special someone (up to 20 words). The Gift of Love candle is scented with rose and geranium essential oils to uplift and inspire, and has a burn time of up to 50 hours.
The last day for customized orders is December 17, so we suggest placing an order as soon as you can.
More Handmade Habitat options available:
- Gift of Self-Care Custom Candle (scented with lavender and geranium), $36
- Gift of Clarity Custom Candle (scented with sweet spearmint), $36
- Gift of Rest Custom Candle (scented with lavender and eucalyptus), $36
Tis’ the season for hosting! For the entertainer in your life, this wood and marble cheese board is an elegant base for any charcuterie, appetizers, cheeses and other delicacies. The carefully carved corners and optional monogrammed center detail (up to three letters for an additional $12) also make this a wonderful centerpiece for holiday feasts. Opt for the small ($45) or large size ($59) in either white or charcoal marble. It is even Fairtrade certified.
To get your item by Christmas, any orders with personalization and standard shipping need to be made by 12/18. Last day with personalization and rush shipping is 12/19.
With all the edible goodies that come with planning the holidays, you might need an extra place to store them. This monogrammed enamel canister comes in three sizes — 24 oz. jar with lid ($19.99), 40 oz. jar with lid ($22.99) and 72 oz utensil holder ($34.99) — that you can add an initial or name to the front. Since the canister itself is white, you can either add a pop of color in the font or keep it simple. Personalization comes with the price.
If you order by 12/22 with expedited shipping, you can get this order on time for Christmas.
What we appreciate most about fanny packs is that you can wear them in various ways: slung over the shoulder, across the shoulder or around the hips. It’s one of the many reasons why they’ve become a popular gift this year. This one from the female-founded brand, State Bags, has sold out multiple times because of this versatility, along with its two spacious compartments. And since it is made with nylon, cleaning should be simple.
To personalize this fanny pack, you have the option to add up to six initials for an extra $20.
Your work and/or book bag should adapt to your schedule, not the other way around. The casual appearance of this monogrammable and crossbody book bag (for an additional $12) suits your transition from the office to dinner with its cotton canvas fabric and neutral color scheme. It manages to fit books, a laptop and other stationeries, with additional room to spare. And since we are in the season of giving, this bag comes with a special touch: Every purchase helps to provide 10 school meals.
For your order to arrive by Christmas, the brand suggests placing your order by 12/10.
Gift them a custom photo calendar so that they’ll remember this surprise all year long. You have full reign to showcase your or their personality in every detail of the calendar, from choosing the photos for each month to selecting the font design. The calendar has two choices of finishes — Beetle Kill Pine or Reclaimed Walnut — and foil printing is available.
For orders delivered by Christmas, purchase by 12/14 if using standard shipping and 12/18 for rush shipping.
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TODAY contributor Chassie Post also joined the show to discuss some of her favorite personalized gifts that are suitable for the whole family. From monogramed water bottles to hand-painted portraits, there’s a little bit of something for every personality.
Post adores this brand because of one simple fact: “Supermix Studio is the first interactive kids clothing brand where children can design and customize their own one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories,” including this oversized jacket. It’s a unique way for them to showcase their personality and creative side, as there are over 400 patches on the site that your little one can choose from, ranging from letters to smiley faces.
If you want to gift this or another style to the kid in your life, Supermix Studio is offering $75 gift cards for just $59, if you design and order now or through December 25.
More Supermix Studio options available:
- Supermix Studio Kids Pullover Hoodie, starts at $49
- Supermix Studio Custom Kids Jogger, starts at $45
Here’s another personalized gift Post is a major fan of — she even owns three for her family, and calls the concept “so wonderful to capture your family in silhouette for generations to come!” These portraits are all hand-painted by the award-winning artist himself, who gives you full reign to choose the color, size and caption on your selected portrait. This can work on your kid, a grandparent and even a family pet!
Using the code TODAY, Kustera is offering viewers a 50% discount on any size “Unframed” portraits through 12/1. The artist notes that by that date, he is only able to do up to 800 portraits, so we suggest hurrying to place your order now.
More Carter Kustera options available:
- Carter Kustera Medium Unframed Custom Portrait, $75 (was $150)
- Carter Kustera Large Unframed Custom Portrait, $137.50 (was $275)
With the holiday season here, you’ll need to have your hands free to sip some hot cocoa and wrap last-minute gifts. That’s where Mark & Graham’s Puffer Belt Bag comes in handy. It’s lightweight and spacious enough to hold the essentials, such as your phone, keys and wallet, with enough room to spare smaller items. Wear it across the chest or as a fanny pack for multiple ways of styling it. To top it off, you can monogram the bag (which comes in six colors, might we add) with your own or their initials for an additional $12.50.
But for 11/28 only, Mark & Graham will be offering the following using code TODAY:
- Free shipping
- Free monograming
- Free gift-wrapping
Now that it seems most people own a pair of wireless earbuds, Post says this is the perfect opportunity to help differentiate whose are whose. You can select from different generations of AirPods and case finish (glossy or matte), before personalizing with your designed monogram color and font. Preppy Jones also gives you the option to choose from two to three initials in 49 shades. And this is all for free!
For a limited time, everything will be 20% off 11/28 using the code CYBERTUESDAY, making this case around $16.
The Stanley Quencher Tumbler is one of this season’s most wanted holiday gifts because its ability to consistently maintain the temperature of your beverage all day long (Post even claims you can even use it to keep ice cream cool and your hands warm!). Now, the bestselling tumbler can be personalized in any way that you imagine, whether it be with your name, a logo or even a handwritten note. The opportunities are endless to make this a sweet, sentimental gift.
Once you’ve gotten yourself (or a loved one!) a personalized water bottle, Post suggests taking it a step further by including this customizable water pouch. Use it to stash lip gloss, debit cards and other smaller items, and complete it with your design of choice. The pouch straps around most standard water bottles (40 oz, 20 oz and 30 oz) with the help of a velcro strap.
Stationary supplies should always be playful, and Post says these notepads are full of fun! You can make this notepad a stocking stuffer or bundled with the brand’s other personalized stationery items. You can select the page number for the notepads, along with placing either a name or monogram at the very top of the page. There are multiple fonts, shapes and colors that start off at $25, including options above and below.
More Joy Creative Shop options available:
- Joy Creative Shop Modern Classics First Name Notepad, $25
- Joy Creative Shop Wavy Collection Personalized Notepad, $23.50
- Joy Creative Shop Cheerful Dot First Name Personalized Notepad, $25
- Joy Creative Shop Colorful Kids Personalized Notepad, $25
Best personalized paper and decor gifts
From grocery and packing lists to reminders and to-dos, make sure they have a spot to jot it all down with this notepad that displays their initials in a bold font.
For the list maker, doodler or journaler in your life, gift them this hardback notebook from Papier, which you can get their name embossed in gold lettering as well. The colorblock collection includes a customizable year-long planner, wellness journal and a mid-year planner as well.
"The Place We Met," "Our First House" or "Where We Said 'I Do'" are all spots that hold happy memories and provide a subtle look into one's life. A coordinate print from My Happy Place will always help them remember your special spots.
Gift the book lover in your life a gift that has been trending all over TikTok and wanted by readers everywhere: a personalized book embosser. Just choose a design that best suits their personality and they will have the perfect way to mark their books.
The holidays are great for puzzling and what better way to celebrate than with a jigsaw with your face on it? After choosing whether your puzzle will be horizontal or vertical, you’ll upload your preferred image. You can even customize the box your personalized puzzle will arrive in.
Choose your children's initials, exclamation points and question marks or stick with classic X's and O's with this personalized tic-tac-toe game that will provide all the laughs and quibbles on family game night.
Because fur children deserve some love too, gift the fur mamas and papas in your life with a print that will further prove their love for their pet.
Gift a personalized vinyl that commemorates their favorite song, their first dance or the song that makes them bust a move with this print from Music Memories.
Olive Branch Farmhouse creates vintage-inspired canvas signs that are crafted to look like wood or metal. The canvas sizes range from 10-by-20 to 24-by-48, and each personalized sign is made in the U.S. The brand offers a wide variety of designs, so there are plenty of options to find the perfect one for your space.
If they prefer to celebrate by popping champagne, they can make the occasion extra special with these custom bottles. They are hand-painted and individually etched with designs that can nod to anniversary dates, the holidays and more.
Need a gift for the teen or newlywed on your list? Let their name light up a room with this thoughtful pick. You can customize the font and color of the sign, but if you want to take it a step further, you can also work with the Etsy seller to create a custom design.
Best personalized home and kitchen gifts
This cup is a great option for the men in your life who enjoy a nice drink after a long day. You have a choice of initials or a full name in a variety of fonts.
Each wine buddy holds one bottle and two glasses, and if you buy a second they can be easily stacked. Wood options for the wine buddy include maple, mahogany, cherry and walnut, and laser engravings or painted designs can also be added.
Sequins are always in — but this throw pillow, which is available at Amazon, takes it to a whole other level! When they brush their hand over the shiny sequins, they'll be able to see a custom photo that would otherwise remain hidden. These covers are square and come in several different colors, including light blue and rose gold.
Perfect for game days, nights in or to take to the tailgate when you get tired of drinking out of a can, these personalized beer steins can be home to their initials, a singular letter or a short name.
Nothing looks quite as elegant as marble and gold decor. These circular coasters are an elevated take on the everyday item, and Post loves that they can be placed anywhere from the coffee table to the nightstand. You can create a custom set or keep it simple by sticking with the same letter for each coaster.
Personalization Mall has anything and everything you could ever want to be monogrammed. This bamboo cutting board is useful, practical and trendy — plus, it's on sale!
Why send a boring text or email when you can deliver a message with delicious cookies? These vanilla shortbreads can be personalized to share a special, sweet message with your friends and loved ones.
Engrave this cutting board with their favorite family recipe for a sentimental gift. Though it's functional, we think it would make an even sweeter piece of decor.
If they take their bar cart seriously, this customized ice cube tray is sure to be a hit. You can personalize it with their initials, a logo or a unique design of your own! According to the brand, the trays are made with a durable liquid silicone that is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.
Make bath time easier or spruce up their bathroom space with these Tennessee Whiskey Towel Hooks. Or, use them to hang hats, bags and other items in an entryway or mud room.
What did the stars look like on their wedding night? The night they were born? Now they can know with these starry night pint or stemless wine glasses.
Stanley’s tumbler water bottle is a major wish list item this year. You can customize this option from its color to an engraving. The tumbler has a narrow design to fit in cup holders and features double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your drinks hot or cold.
Whether it be their college town, the town they grew up or a spot that holds a lot of special memories, they'll never forget where they belong with this custom map cutting board.
If they love a bottle of vino, they'll likely love these bottles even more. According to the brand, each bottle, which is filled with a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon made in California, is individually etched and hand-painted with a personalized design.
This endlessly customizable mat is perfect for your front door, bathroom or any other area where feet land. It comes with 150 removable tiles that be used to write phrases or create fun designs.
Make their second home — whether it be a lake house, cabin or camper — feel like a home with this hand-hooked pillow from Mark & Graham. With options for a campfire scene, an anchor, lobster and more, their new space will be cozy and cute in no time.
Best personalized gifts for her
If you're going to gift someone jewelry, let it be a pair that makes a statement! These pairs are made with gold and sterling silver, according to the Etsy seller, and are made to order. You'll be able to choose between a number of fonts and colors in order to create a gift they'll want to wear over and over again.
Baublebar has plenty of options for personalization. This initial necklace is fun and easy to pair with almost anything in their closet!
We solemnly swore that we wouldn’t keep this personalized "Harry Potter" gift to ourselves. The initial necklace is gold-plated and adorned with an adorable snitch on its top left corner.
Personalize this phone case from Casetify so they can keep their favorite mantra in their back pocket, wherever they go. You can choose between set designs and fonts, which makes the design process much easier.
Merci Maman is a jewelry brand that offers customized pieces hand-engraved by their team of artists. This signet ring has a slightly curved surface that allows for up to 10 characters of personalization to be engraved in the center of the disc. Signet rings are traditionally worn on the smallest finger, says the brand, and look great worn with other rings.
Anyone looking to make 2023 the year where they finally hit the road again will appreciate this chic travel jewelry case. It features multiple compartments to store earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
Whether she's from down south or the coast, commemorate the place she calls home with a Kendra Scott necklace, that's available in eight different states and seven different colors, from fiery red to turquoise. Made from 14k gold, these necklaces are safe for sensitive skin.
Receive smiles with this phone case that's just that-with their initials as the eyes. Available in five different color block options, this case is specific to iPhone sizes 11 and up.
If you were already planning to gift her a purse this year, take your gifting game to the next level with this shoulder bag that you can embroider or monogram with her initials. For embroidery, you can pick the thread color and the size of the letters.
You’ll never forget your anniversary with this special date necklace that marks your preferred date with a gemstone of your choice. It’s available in gold or silver plating and engraved to order for that special touch.
This leather Madewell tote is both useful and classic. For non-insider members, engraving the bag is $10, but if you decide to join their email subscription list, you can get the service for free!
Best personalized gifts for him
When traveling, your passport is the most important thing you need, so keep it protected with this personalized leather passport holder. This cover can hold two passports and is hand-stitched and made with top-grain leather.
This handmade leather minimalist wallet has a rustic design and can hold six to eight credit cards. The personalization can be up to six letters, so it is ideal for initials or dates.
This personalized toiletry bag is great for the traveler in your life. The custom engraving provides a personal touch and the bag is made from full-grain leather.
Upgrade their home slippers with this pair. Leave them as is or add their initials for an additional $8.
Your loved one can work from almost anywhere with this handy lap desk. Make it extra special by engraving their name and a message.
Best personalized photo gifts
If the desk in their home office is overflowing with as much paperwork as their desk in the actual office, this unique paperweight can keep some of the clutter under control. It's made from a heavyweight crystal-clear polymer acrylic that won't fade over time, and the photo is printed onto a sturdy aluminum plate.
Bring a smile to your loved one's face while they work. These custom mousepads can be designed with a photo of your choosing so that they can remember the good times anytime.
If the plan is to gift them something that they'll actually use, this wireless charger is a no-brainer. It's compatible with most Qi-enabled devices and most phone cases.
Keep your memories close to you with this custom photo stand. Select a phrase to feature on the stand such as "Our Story" and "Travel. Explore. Repeat." and display three or six photos depending on whether you get a one- or two-row option.
Perfect for newlyweds or for the grandparents in your life, this calendar is something they'll actually use throughout the year and is one way they can look back on cherished memories with each coming month.
Best personalized gifts for Mom
These genuine marble stone coasters will add an elegant touch to your mom's living room or kitchen table. And don't worry, they have a cork backing so your furniture is safe from scratches and damage.
If distance is keeping you from seeing your family and friends this year, show your love with a custom necklace. You can add your names, favorite locations or even special dates on up to four circles. No matter where you are, they are sure to think of you when they wear it.
These organic embroidered towels are plush and would look great in any bathroom. Leave as is or monogram them for $12 each!
Send in your favorite photo of your family or friends and get a cute clay version back. This is perfect for turning into an ornament or adding a fun touch to a bookshelf. You can add up to 21 people (or pets!) to your replica. These take around two to three weeks to make, so keep that in mind when ordering.
They’ll definitely feel the love as they snuggle up with their blanket, complete with your own custom message.
Best personalized gifts for Dad
Does your dad love to grill? This apron is affordable, fun and perfect for any cookout. It's easy to customize with two lines of text.
Your dad will love carrying this around in his pocket. The bestselling wallet can be customized with his initials or full name in a variety of colors.
Whiskey connoisseurs are sure to appreciate this unique gift. This miniature barrel will age and add complex flavors to their spirit of choice. Add a custom “distillery name” along with their city and state, so they’ll feel like a true master of the trade.
This roomy tool tote bag is perfect for the dad who won't stop fixing stuff around the house.
Best personalized gifts for kids
Let them tap into their creativity and sneak in some learning with these personalized name crayons, that you have the option of choosing solid or swirl colors for.
Any toddler would have fun playing with this personalized name puzzle, and it would look great in their nursery, too.
Make them the main character of their own inspiring book, thanks to this unique gift from Uncommon Goods. With each page, they'll learn more about the role kindness plays in their world.
These step stools put a spin on the practical home item. With three designs to choose from, your little one will be leaping in no time.
Little builders will not want to put this personalized tool box down after they unwrap it. The box comes with a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, bolts, washer and two- and three-hole rectangles.
Personalized Lego gifts are having their moment, according to Google Trends search data. To gift this custom pick, you’ll just need to upload your photo to the Lego website and place your order and the team will take care of everything else. The set includes 4,500 pieces and directions to build a self portrait.
How adorable is this customized game of Connect Four? Each game is handmade in Greensboro, North Carolina, and can be engraved with names, anniversary dates and more.
Move over, LED lights — neon signs are having a moment! For the preteen who was obsessed with their LED and ring lights, gift them this neon sign that will look stunning above a bed, vanity or their full-length mirror.
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